CMS has released CR 6381, and the corresponding Transmittal R106BP to the Medicare Benefits Policy Manual and Transmittal R1717CP to the Medicare Claims Processing Manual. CMS announces that Medicare will begin paying for appropriate claims submitted by enrolled speech-language pathologists for services provided in private practice on or after July 1, 2009. …
CMS has posted the call transcript from the RAC Special Open Door Forum for Part A Provider, held on April 8th. While originally scheduled to be posted on April 16th, it is now posted and should be available for 30 days according CMS comments.
The RAC Special Open Door Forum for Part B was scheduled to be posted on Wednesday, April 22nd, but it is still not available as of today.
The Provider Outreach Schedule has been updated at the CMS RAC website. It has grown from 3 pages (originally listed in March) to six pages, updating meetings in Regions A, B, C and D. Meetings hosted by the hospital associations and medical societies may only be open to members of those associations. On the new schedule there are webinars posted for “members” of the American Health Care …
For nearly six years providers have been notifying patients of their HIPAA Privacy Practices and Polices. In the course of compliance consulting with several clients I was asked to review their HIPAA policies. Most smaller provider took the path of least resistance when implementing their Privacy policies and used standard “template” policies and forms, as well as a standard type notice to their patients. …
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For the first time Speech Language Pathologists may now apply to have independent supplier standing with Medicare. This will put SLPs on a par with private practice physical and occupational therapists. While there are many SLPs in private practice today, they have not been able to participate in the Medicare program as an independent pracitioner. SLPs currently particiapte in outpatient therapy services with Medicare by being part of a hospital outpatient department, a Rehab Agency or a CORF, all “providers” with Medicare. Subscribe to our feed
Speech language pathologists may apply for supplier status with Medicare beginning on June 1, 2009, with an effective date of program participation with Medicare no earlier than July 1, 2009. Initial applications initiate with the Medicare contractor (carrier or Medicare Administrative Contractor [MAC]). SLPs may also form group practices, so in addition to the individual application, a group application, as well as reassignment of benefits, must also be filled out. Look for more information, and an upcoming webinar from Dynamic Learning Online.
CMS posted the updated Provider Outreach Schedule to the CMS RAC website last Friday. The Outreach Schedule includes the following by Region:
- Region A: New York
- Region B: Michigan, Minnesota
- Region C: South Carolina, Florida, Georgia
- Region D: Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana
The focus of the scheduled sessions is hospitals, as can be expected, with physicians next. Information regarding the sessions, as well as the hosting of the sessions is being coordinated through the State Hospital Associations, State Medical Societies, as well as CMS and the four Recovery Audit Contractors. Outreach sessions are being held “live” as well as by webinar or webcast.
Some provider outreach sessions in Region C, which includes Florida, are being held at the CMS Regional Office in Atlanta, and the description indicates that there are separate sessions for hospitals, SNFs, physicians, hospice, and home health agencies….
The National Association of Rehab Agencies’ spring meeting is in Washinton D.C. May 13-15. This is dubbed as the legislative meeting, and the focus will be on the political, legislative and regulatory atmosphere for the coming year. Further information can be found at http://www.naranet.org
Rehab Agencies (sometimes known as “ORFs”) and Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (CORFs) are still listed as a Tier 4 priority in Medicare’s survey and certification priorities. New providers are finding that their initial application with their fiscal intermediary or Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) may have been approved, but their State Agency that is contracted…
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